04 January 2016
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Inherently, the introduction of a new year boasts many levels of possibilities. Reflection can be found pumping through the veins. At the same time in my part of the world color has receded; grey days seem to have been more than sun-filled.
Dormancy revives itself. Monochromatic vistas are more prevalent. The angle of the sun trickles light in winter’s shadow. The landscape has less uprising, less come and see me. Panoramas need to be re-created within these alterations.
During an early morning walk in a local park last week, there stood a grouping of trees that seemed to be reaching into the New Year with profound presence. They had a dignity that evoked standard bearers of the land and the sky. Immediately, they reminded me of urban skyscrapers that look upward and move through prisms of day and night.
In the Lens section is an image of two of those trees. It has been processed two ways. The original design of the two side-by-side trees evoked a heavenly reach—a reach that has inspiration textured in its façade. The duo uplifted my spirits.
I followed the tree trunks as their length increased. At the top they easily had views that I wanted. I imagined their enthusiasm was still pulsing. They had me knowing that they are daily witnesses to Mother Nature ‘s sorcery.
Within the time span of the seeing and the interpretation, there was a stillness of thought. These champions of all that surrounds them (people, pond, recreational area, and acres of parkland) provided a sense of coherence. They fit easily into the direction of my photography where I hope to create an ongoing series of images that illustrate the intersection of people, places and nature. That confluence exists and is in constant flux across the land we inhabit.
This first post of the New Year accomplishes this mission. While future posts may not hit the mark, I will try.
As natural and urban skyscrapers witness connections about the world that swirls around them, my steppingstones also are people, places and nature. They are my steppingstones to tell their stories through images and words.
Tip of the Week:
Design and form are very much part of the space where nature meets the human condition and vice versus. I was curious if others used that connection between nature’s skyscrapers and architectural ones. What joy to find the following: “If Our Skyscrapers were Trees and our Cities were Forests.” The OAS1S Project has been developed to: “bring nature into cities in an innovative way and imagines that these woodlands can be built within cities and their surrounding areas.” Raimond de Hullu, who is a Dutch architect, has created a concept that astounds and has elements that are needed to reduce the human footprint. It’s a city woodland. Each home consists of a treehouse-like structure that has modern luxury, energy and water-efficiency, and is surrounded by greenery. To view this innovative concept, click here. I’m hopeful that there will be a prototype some day soon.
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As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.
If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:
1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.